SO John Godber, William Hague's old politics teacher at Rotherham's Wath comprehensive and now head of the same school, provided SHA's entertainment. We discovered that although five students had embarked on Godber's A-level course with Hague, only one survived into the second year - wee Willie himself. The reasons for the high drop-out rate that yearwere not elaborated.
We also learned of Hague's stomach-churning appearance on a Yorkshire TV public-speaking competition as a 15-year-old (he advocated reform of the House of Lords). "When asked by the presenter what their hobbies were, some said Scrabble, others raffia-work. William's reply was "socialist-bashing". How cute is that?